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Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®)

Click here to register for Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®). For more information, please scroll down.

 

 

 

Overview of Holistic Medicine for Addiction®
Online training for professionals

 

“If you want to know medicine, know addiction.” Source unknown, USA, 1987.

 

It’s been nearly 40 years since I was first introduced to addiction medicine. For the past 27 of those years, I’ve specialized in the treatment of ”food addiction,” which I now call sugar/carb addiction (referring to sugar, flour/grains and processed foods). In that time, I have treated thousands of clients and trained hundreds of professionals in sugar addiction treatment. In 2012, I created a one-year training program on Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®) for professionals who counsel people affected by sugar, carbohydrates and processed foods. Initially taught only in Swedish, I now teach HMA® in English, drawing students from across the globe.

 

 

What is Holistic Medicine for Addiction® (HMA®)?

 

Holistic Medicine for Addiction® is an online course which integrates multiple addiction treatment paradigms necessary to see and understand the ”big picture” of addiction. It prepares professionals to treat their clients as whole people while addressing all aspects of their disease. HMA® covers topics of traditional medicine, neuroscience-based addiction medicine, metabolic medicine, low-carb high-fat/keto eating patterns, integrative/orthomolecular medicine, relapse prevention, support groups and more.

 

In this course, you will learn about the American Association of Addiction Medicine’s definition of addiction, which is based on neuroscience and the central roles that nutrition the brain play in this disease. You will learn how to build a successful treatment plan based on neuroscience, and you will receive tools to help you lead your clients on the path to lifelong recovery.

 

Here you will acquire unique knowledge and a holistic view of addiction. The main focus of this course is on sugar/carb addiction because those substances are usually the starting point of all addiction development. But the training also includes Addiction Interaction Disorder and screening for alcohol, subscription drugs, street drugs and gambling addiction.

 

Who is eligible for this course?

Healthcare professionals, SUGAR® and ADDIS® certified/licensed professionals, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, addiction counselors, obesity and nutritional counselors, dietitians, health educators, naturopaths, personal trainers, coaches, social workers, psychologists and other mental health therapists, etc. If you have another background and want to expand your knowledge in addiction medicine, please submit an application or email info@bittensaddiction.com .

 

Registration process:

If interested, please complete and submit a Training Registration Form to apply for participation in this program. The application will ask for information on your addiction knowledge, educational background, professional skills and work experience. Similarly, recovering addicts wishing to participate are asked to complete this same form, detailing their recovery experience and professional background. Acceptance to the course will be determined by application information and a personal interview.

 

 

Topics covered:

 

Biochemical repair

  • Detoxification/withdrawal from sugar and other addictive food substances
  • Biochemical repair of the brain: What it is, and how to provide this key service
  • Mitochondrial fatigue
  • The addicted brain – disease concept
  • Addiction memory circuit and euphoric recall, craving management.
  • Knowledge of the brain and brain nutritional needs.
  • Nutrition from A to Z, including a food plan for the addicted brain and discussion of the similarities and differences between different “abstinent” food plans. We work with LCHF/ketogenic food plans for #sugaraddicts.
  • Understanding and treating hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
  • Treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Sugar sensitivity: harmful use versus pathological use
  • Addiction Interaction Disorder: ”One illness, many outlets”
  • Various expressions of sugar addiction, such as volume eating, bingeing, purging, dieting, excessive exercise, restriction, etc. (process addictions).
  • Oxytocin’s role, especially with respect to volume eating.

 

Relapse prevention

  • Lifelong treatment, by stage
  • 12-Step and other recovery support groups
  • The role of conscious breathing in recovery
  • The role of shame in addiction
  • Relapse prevention and treatment
  • Behavioral changes, thoughts, feelings, urges and actions
  • Recovery skills
  • Why group work with addicts is more effective than to one-on-one

 

Case management

  • Effective screening and needs assessment
  • Initial evaluation, treatment planning and monitoring
  • Transition planning and follow-up evaluation
  • Strategies to avoid burn-out when working with this challenging client population
  • Guidelines for setting up a practice to begin working with clients
  • Knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to effectively care for clients and maximize their success

 

When to begin:

January is the ideal time to start this annual course. However it is possible to join at other points during the year because all live lectures are recorded for on-going, 24/7 access.

 

Recommended supplemental training:

      • SUGAR® Certification Training and licensure is highly recommended as a complement to the HMA® course. Although SUGAR® training (with certification and licensure) is optional, it’s highly recommended as the foundation of comprehensive client treatment. Please click here for detailed information on SUGAR® Certification Training.

        Please note that an additional 20% discount is available for taking both HMA® and SUGAR® certification courses within 12 months.

 

HMA faculty :

Director: Bitten Jonsson , Reg. Nurse Addiction specialist, SUGAR®, ADDIS® certified

 

Lecturers and guest lecturers:

 

Biochemistry

  • New in 2023!  Further details will be announced soon about a special new section on metabolic dysfunction. Teachers will include Evelyne Bourdua-Roy and Sophie Rolland of Clinique Reversa, Peter Ballerstedt and Aseem Malhotra.
  • Professor Tim Noakes, The Nutrition Network, The Lore of Nutrition
  • Paul Earley, MD, President of ASAM, FASAM, author of Recovery Mind Training and Recovery Skills Manual. paulearley.net
  • Robert Lustig , MD, Professor emeritus of pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, UCSF author of the new book Metabolical and more www.robertlustig.com
  • Börje Dahl, Degree of Bachelor of Science in Social Work, CEO at Dahl & Dahl, specialist in addiction and synthetic drugs sold via the internet. ADDIS®, GAMES® certification/licensing. www.addis.se  www.dahlochdahl.se
  • Anders Olsson, breathing expert, author and lecturer, www.consciousbreathing.com
  • Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, Prof, MD, oxytocin specialist, www.kerstinuvnasmoberg.se
  • Birgitta Brunes, MD, specialist in multiple sclerosis and neuro nutrient therapy, brunes.se
  • Anna Fruehling, sugar/processed food addiction specialist, Primal Health Coach, SUGAR® C / L
  • David Unwin , MD, GP, metabolic syndrome and dysfunction, diabetes expert LCHF/keto
  • Georgia Ede, MD, metabolic psychiatry. Specialist in keto for mental health, www.diagnosisdiet.com
  • Julie Clark, certified carbohydrate addiction specialist, SUGAR® C / L, HMA®, Addiction and Bariatric Surgery www.bariatricbreakthrough.com

 

Relapse prevention and recovery

  • Roger Nilson, MD, certified addiction interaction disorder specialist, sex and relationship addiction specialist, and more. SSRI/SNRI detox.
  • David Wolfe, Reg. Dietitian, sugar addiction coach, SUGAR C/L www.triggerfreenutrition.com
  • Paul Earley, MD, President of ASAM, FASAM, author of Recovery Mind Training and Recovery Skills Manual.
  • Roland Williams, MA, Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS), LAADC, ICAADC, CADCII
  • Judy Wolfe, certified food addiction and HMA® counselor, SUGAR® C / L
  • And more to be announced soon!

 

Case management

  • Bitten Jonsson, Reg. Nurse addiction specialist, SUGAR®, ADDIS® certified
  • Börje Dahl, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, CEO at Dahl & Dahl, specialist in addiction and synthetic drugs sold via the internet. ADDIS®, GAMES® certification/licensing. www.addis.se  www.dahlochdahl.se

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References: HAM® & SUGAR® C / L

Judy Wolfe judywolfefacoach@gmail.com, Worcester USA

Shun Foreman shunforeman@gmail.com, Texas USA

Eloise Neeley eloiseneeley@gmail.com, New Zealand

Jayn Steele steelejayn@gmail.com, Canada

Jen Unwin jenunwin@hotmail.co.uk, UK

Julie Clark julie@julieclark.net, Virginia, USA

Amber Wenthworth, awentworth@austin.rr.com, Texas, USA

Tia Reid, reidtiam@gmail.com, Illinois, USA

 

Cost of HMA® training:

The current cost for HMA® certification training is $4,350 (USD). Payment plans are available. Save 15% with full payment in advance. Enjoy an additional 20% discount for taking both HMA® and SUGAR® certification courses within 12 months.  Click here to register for SUGAR® Training and Certification.

 

Registrants will be invoiced. Payments are accepted via bank transfer or PayPal.

To discuss a payment plan arrangement, please email Bitten Jonsson.

 

 

Format:

This online course is held via a combination of live Zoom sessions, pre-recorded lectures, and a closed Facebook group, with self-study and homework assignments between sessions. It includes video and workbook resources that will prepare you to launch your own private practice or join an existing practice. All live webinars are recorded for 24/7 student access afterward.

 

Click here to register.

Class schedule and reading list will be provided on request.